If you are in a California marriage from which you want to extricate yourself, divorce is the obvious answer. However, you may qualify for an annulment instead, based on the particular circumstances of your marriage.
If you are a divorced California resident who pays spousal support to your ex-spouse, you may have heard that you can no longer deduct the annual amount of those payments from your federal income taxes. Before hastening to your attorney’s office, however, to see about getting a modification of your support order reducing your payments so as to make up for your lost deduction, take a deep breath. This new law does not apply to you. You can still deduct the amount of your payments not only this year, but also in the future. Likewise, your ex-spouse must continue to declare these spousal support payments as income and pay income tax on them.
You did not go into your marriage with the intent that it would eventually end in separation. At the California Law Office of Lily L. Huang, we understand that your expectations for success were high. We find that, in most cases, our client's spouse feels the same way— even if it is not immediately apparent.
You may have many questions about your San Jose divorce. You may worry about your actions and how they could affect the proceedings. One thing that comes up often is your right to date. Do you have to wait until the divorce is final to begin dating or is it okay to do it while things are still in progress? This is common to ask because once a couple reaches the point of divorce, the relationship has often been over for quite some time. It is normal to want to look for new companionship.
No one likes the idea of divorce, and that is because, too often, divorce becomes a war between people who at one time cared deeply about one another. Not many things are sadder than that.
When people think of divorce, they typically picture spouses fighting tooth and nail for houses, money and child custody. In some cases, divorce does deteriorate into a fight. But animosity is not always necessary, and it may be in your best interest to work together.